Marinetti was the leading Futurist,, a group of Italian intellectuals. The group was launched with the publication of the Futurist Manifesto on 1909. They praised speed but were dubious about women. (It is believed by the writer that the Futurists were men to a man).
In 1932, Marinetti turned his attention to food. The following extract is from âThe Futurist Cookbookâ? translated by Suzanne Brill.
Of pasta he wrote:
We call for the abolition of pastaciutta, an absurd Italian gastronomic religion. It may be that a diet of cod, roast beef and steamed pudding is beneficial to the English, cold cuts and cheese to the Dutch and sauerkraut, smoked pork and sausage to the Germans, but pasta is not beneficial to the Italians. For example, it is completely hostile to the vivacious spirit and passionate, generous, intuitive soul of the Neapolitans. If these people have been heroic fighters, inspired artists, awe-inspiring orators, shrewd lawyers, tenacious farmers it was in spite of their voluminous daily plate of pasta. When they eat it they develop the typical ironic and sentimental scepticism which can often cut short their enthusiasm.
This is something for the Broadcasting Commission of IrelandÂ to, pardon the pun, get their teeth into.
Pasta is political and must therefore, under their policy, not be advertised on commercial radio.